American History X


1h 58m 1998

Brief Synopsis

The story unfolds through the eyes of Danny Vinyard, who idolizes his older brother Derek. Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning a way to vent his rage, Derek finds himself transformed by a philosophy of hate as he turns into a charismatic leader of a local white power movement. De

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE); NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

The story unfolds through the eyes of Danny Vinyard, who idolizes his older brother Derek. Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning a way to vent his rage, Derek finds himself transformed by a philosophy of hate as he turns into a charismatic leader of a local white power movement. Despite his indisputable intelligence, his incendiary actions culminate in a brutal murder and ultimately, a prison sentence. Three years later, everyone awaits Derek's return: His mother Doris who prays for his safety; his girlfriend Stacey who longs for his return, and most of all Danny who's desperate for his brother's love and guidance, yet is driven by his own increasing white supremist hatred. Unbeknownst to Danny, Derek is a changed man. Fresh from prison, he no longer views hatred as a badge of honor. Ashamed of his past he is now in a race to save Danny and the Vinyard family from the violence he brought down upon them.

Crew

Marisa Aboitiz

Costume Supervisor

Joe Adams

Casting Assistant

James Alden

Grip

George Alonso

Medic

Yvette Ammon

Set Costumer

Curtis A Andrews

Rigging Gaffer

Tim Angelo

Best Boy Grip

Joseph Aroesti

Driver

Matt Baird

Set Production Assistant

Tony Barattini

Driver

Joe Barnett

Rerecording

Joe Barnett

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Peter J. Barnett

Assistant Production Accountant

Curtis W Baruth

Construction Coordinator

Lisa Behlendorf

Post-Production Accountant

Charles Belardinelli

Special Effects

Charles Belardinelli

Stunts

Paul Belenardo

Production Accountant

Tom Bellissimo

Special Effects Supervisor

Javier Bennassar

Sound Effects Editor

Robin Bishop

Driver

Anne Black

Other

James Kyler Black

Art Director

Mark Bolin

Dolly Grip

Sharleen Bright

Scenic Artist

Paul Broucek

Music

Olivette Brown

Production Assistant

Rex Camphuis

Set Production Assistant

Marc Cancel

Song Performer

Chris Carnel

Stunts

Bill Carraro

Unit Production Manager

Bill Carraro

Executive Producer

Dorian Cheah

Sound Effects Editor

Glenn Cocco

Assistant Editor

Eugene Collier

Stunts

Benjamin Cook

Editor

Anthony Cortes

Consultant

Judith A. Cory

Hair Stylist

Joe Cosentino

Transportation Captain

Pat Cosentino

Driver

Mark Cotone

Assistant Director

Wendy Cox

Production Coordinator

Michael Cudlitz

Construction Coordinator

Bill Dance

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Michael De Luca

Co-Executive Producer

Angel Desanti

Driver

Jed M Dodge

Dialogue Editor

Jerry Donegan

Special Effects

Rick Drapkin

Assistant

Anne Dudley

Music

Roger Dudley

Other

Karen Elliott

Music Coordinator

David Elmore

Assistant

Scott England

Other

Mary Erstad

Foley Mixer

Avy Eschenasy

Production

Franco Esile

On-Set Dresser

Michael Estrella

Set Production Assistant

Kimberly Ettinger

Assistant Editor

Ed Evans

Driver

Steven E. Eyrse

Scenic Artist

April Fawcett

Set Production Assistant

Warren Feldman

Assistant

David Lee Fine

Foley Artist

Bill Fletcher

Wig Supplier

Nancy A. Flint

Other

Richard Ford

Music Editor

Heather Fraker

Makeup Artist

Alan Freedman

Adr Mixer

Cormac Funge

Sound Effects Editor

Robert Getty

Assistant Sound Editor

Brandon S Gilgen

Other

Emily Glatter

Coordinator

Kurt Godel

Other

Keeley Gould

Assistant

David Grant

Dialogue Editor

Jerry Greenberg

Editor

Chris Griffiths

On-Set Dresser

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Doug Hall

Costume Designer

Terence Harris

Extras Casting Assistant

Dash Hart

Driver

Geno Hart

Transportation Coordinator

Susan Hart

Production Associate

Tom Hartig

Boom Operator

Alan Heim

Editor

Jon Hess

Coproducer

Phil S Hickerson

Set Production Assistant

Frederick Howard

Sound Designer

Frederick Howard

Sound Editor

Paul Hulme

Other

Alvin Hurd

Driver

Ira Hurvitz

Script Supervisor

Karyn L. Huston

Hair Stylist

Ulker Irazat

Wardrobe

John E Jackson

Makeup

Vincent M Jackson

Other

Karen Jamecka

Assistant Production Coordinator

Karen Jarnecke

Assistant Production Coordinator

David B Jarrell

Lighting Technician

Peter Josephs

Foreman

Craig Jurkiewicz

Foley Editor

Diana Kaufman

Post-Production Supervisor

Ian Kay

Props Assistant

Tony Kaye

Dp/Cinematographer

Tony Kaye

Camera Operator

Tony Kaye

Director Of Photography

Brian R Keathley

Craft Service

Michael Keller

Assistant Director

Ossame Khuluki

Foley Artist

Glenn Knowlton

Driver

Craig Lafferty

On-Set Dresser

Kevin Larosa

Stunts

Kevin Larosa

Helicopter Pilot

David E Larson

Assistant Director

Chai Lee

Stunts

Rusty Mahmood

Dga Trainee

Michael Mandaville

Production Supervisor

David Mann

Foley Editor

Diane Marshall

Foley Artist

John T Martin

Key Grip

Glenn Mathias

Driver

Valerie Mccaffrey

Casting

John Mccoy

Video Playback

Patti J Mcdaniel

Assistant

Dwayne Mcgee

Stunts

David Mckenna

Coproducer

David Mckenna

Screenplay

Bob Mcmillian

Color Timer

Robert Mcnabb

Dialogue Editor

Jeff Meyers

Set Production Assistant

Dan Miller

Assistant Editor

Matthew Mizel

Assistant

Sean Moe

Camera

Francine Morris

Stunts

John Morrissey

Producer

Stanley Mueller

Song Performer

Michael Mullane

Editor

Matthew W. Mungle

Makeup

Bill Needham

Driver

Steve Nelson

Sound Mixer

John Nisbet

Set Production Assistant

Angela Nunez

Costumes

Dan Olexiewicz

Art Director

Ernie Orsatti

Stunt Coordinator

Noon Orsatti

Stunt Coordinator

Mark Orson

Stunts

Jimmy Ortega

Stunts

Charles Papert

Steadicam Operator

Charles Papert

Camera Operator

Johanna Parker

Set Production Assistant

Lisa Parmet

Costumes

Kearie Peak

Executive Producer

John Pellegrino

Production

Eddie Perez

Stunts

Sarah Petersen

Assistant

Denney Pierce

Stunt Coordinator

Adam Pinkstaff

Transportation Co-Captain

Tessa Posnansky

Set Decorator

Rico Priem

Grip

Paul Prokop

Production Associate

Joshua Ravetch

Production

Yuri Reese

Rerecording

Lynda Reiss

Property Master

Christopher Rensink

Song Performer

Marc Rindner

Production

Oscar Rodriguez

Best Boy

Silvie Rodriguez

Animal Trainer

Lisa Roman

On-Set Dresser

John Ross

Rerecording

Gina Rylander

Makeup Artist

James Scott

Best Boy

Steve Scoville

Dialogue Editor

John Sekula

Assistant

Paul Sherrod

Stunts

Susan Shin

Adr Supervisor

Paul Short

Stunt Coordinator

Lori Silfen

Music

Brandon Smith

Post-Production Coordinator

Christina Smith

Makeup

William Smith

Rerecording

Russell Solberg

Stunts

Peter Sorel

Photography

Walter Spencer

Dialogue Editor

Marc E Spiegel

Location Manager

Ron Stakin

Assistant Editor

Jon Gary Steele

Production Designer

Thomas Stillman

Driver

Sihu Suhr

Accountant

Christy Sumner

Special Effects

Lucy Sustar

Foley Mixer

Keith Swan

Song Performer

Tim Swann

Location Scout

Parker Swanson

Assistant Property Master

Fred Talmage

Video Playback

Roland N Thai

Sound Effects Editor

Sonya Thompsen

Other

Malia Thompson

Special Effects

Shannon Thompson

Special Effects

Sammy Thurman

Stunts

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE); NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1998

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1998 award for Best Actor (Edward Norton) from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1998 Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (Edward Norton) from the International Press Academy.

Released in United States Fall October 28, 1998

Expanded Release in United States November 13, 1998

Wide Release in United States November 20, 1998

Re-released in United States February 12, 1999

Released in United States on Video April 6, 1999

Released in United States on Video April 16, 1999

Jon Hess was previously attached to direct.

Project was previously in development at Savoy Pictures.

Feature film directorial debut for commercial director Tony Kaye. On Monday, April 24, 2000, Kaye asked a federal judge in Los Angeles to throw out the $270 million lawsuit filed by Kaye against New Line Cinema and the Directors Guild of America over their refusal to remove Kaye's name from the film after actor Edward Norton made substantial changes to the film. Kaye had refused the "Alan Smithee" pseudonym in favor of Humpty Dumpty. The dismissal order was made "with prejudice," meaning that the action may not be refiled.

Began shooting March 17, 1997.

Completed shooting May 21, 1997.

Released in United States Fall October 28, 1998

Expanded Release in United States November 13, 1998

Wide Release in United States November 20, 1998

Re-released in United States February 12, 1999

Released in United States on Video April 6, 1999

Released in United States on Video April 16, 1999